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Poster: Agent C Date: Oct 29, 2012 10:05am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Public Domain Status

Hi, I'm hoping someone can help me.

I'm looking at creating a podcast, and perhaps later a continuous stream dedicated to classic radio style shows. I've noticed a lot of things on here are listed as public domain, but I was wondering what level of checking is typically done on these before addition, and if there is a relatively painless way of checking them myself?

Thanks.

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Poster: PDpolice Date: Oct 29, 2012 10:12am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: Public Domain Status

Contrary to what my Forum name suggests, I am not an expert in determining what shows are Public Domain. I do know that over the years several waves of file removals have occurred on the Internet Archives. Some of these were very heavy handed removals by commercial enterprises that have pushed the boundaries of the term ‘copyright’.
It is almost certain that what remains here is public domain. I am sure there is someone who knows exactly where to check, but such information always seems to be open to interpretation and the cause of heated discussion here.
Good luck and please post where your efforts lead you.

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Poster: Agent C Date: Oct 29, 2012 1:04pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: Public Domain Status

Whats putting me off is documents like this http://www.publicdomainsherpa.com/public-domain-sound-recordings.html which basically indicates that almost nothing is Public Domain. Seems to be a lot of misinformation and lots of misunderstanding on the subject so I was hoping for something a bit more authoritative...

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Poster: PDpolice Date: Oct 29, 2012 1:25pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: Public Domain Status

Yup, misinformation, misunderstanding and mistakes. Its a mistery.

These illustrate different views that suggest you may be safe..
http://otrrlibrary.org/copyright.html
http://www.radiolovers.com/copyrights.html